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I spoke with a rep from the company that shipped my wheel and she’s putting a new bolt in the mail for me today.  Super nice and very helpful!  Although I ordered my wheel from Paradise Fibers, the order was filled by New Voyager Trading Company out of Thomasville, GA.  Great people!

With that small problem solved, I finally made time to try out my wheel.  First, it needed to be oiled.  I did so and it’s still pretty tight.  I’m going to oil it some more until it runs a bit more smoothly but I was just dying to try it out so I slapped on some Portuguese Top and gave it a go.

Wow.  Do I feel like a beginning spinner again or what?  I know part of the problem was oil…it’s just not oiled enough.  And part of it was me.  I haven’t done serious spinning in awhile.  Sure, I’ve puttered around on my Joy, but it’s action is totally different from this Kromski.  I’m pretty excited about discovering my Kromski.  In the mean time, I need to oil, oil, oil!!

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It’s incredible how a headache can ruin your day.  Seriously.  Monday, my spinning wheel arrived!!  I put my new baby together in no time flat, (thanks to the videos on New Voyager Trading Company) and looked forward to putting some oil on my wheel and sitting down for some fibery fun.  No such luck.  I started feeling bad and, by Tuesday morning, was laid out flat with a hella bad migraine.  (You know it’s bad when I can’t muster the energy to spin.)  I’ve lost an entire day to that, but let’s not cry over spilt milk!  I took pictures as I put together my baby.  And here she is:

This is the Kromski Prelude.  Small and portable, which is what I was looking for.  I has Scotch tension, (I chose that because it’s what I learned to spin on and because my Joy wheel has scotch tension as well.)  I comes with a bobbin holder/Lazy Kate which is not attached in this picture.  The bolt that was intended for the Lazy Kate is too short…at least it seemed so to me, so I’m going to give the supplier a call and see if I’ve made an error or if they can replace the bolt.  I also need to tighten up my knot on the footman.  You’re supposed to make a square knot to act as a washer as you treadle so that wood doesn’t touch wood.  I’m not happy with my square knot so I’m going to untie it and try again.

Fiber came with it.  Yummy!

I ordered my wheel from Paradise Fibers.  I have to say I love this company so much!  They ship super fast and shipping is free for a big item like this.  They also include a beginning spinners bit of fiber to choose from.  I’m not really a beginner but the chance to get free fiber…who can resist!!  Starting on the left and moving clockwise we have Multi Color Polwarth Top in green, Merino/Tussah Silk 70/30 Multi Color in Autumn, and Corriedale Cross in Ecru.  All of it lovely and squishy.  I can’t wait to get started.

And that’s the plan for today.  Spin some to make up for time lost yesterday.  Can’t wait to show you the results!